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A scene from Chris Kameck's 'Circus Rogues of Yesteryear'

blog by Ben Kirst  • 

Buffalo.com isn’t the artsiest media presence in Buffalo, but that doesn’t mean we are completely oblivious to the workings of the city’s creative scene—and there are a trio of events coming up in the immediate future that are pretty intriguing.

Closing brunch for Christopher Kameck’s ‘Circus Rogues of Yesteryear’ exhibition. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 30 at Ashker’s Gallery (1002 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo). We first became acquainted with Chris Kameck’s work when he and his buddy Max Collins put together the artwork for the Buffalo.com-sponsored Cause for Mass Appeal event in November 2012. One of the city’s emerging mixed-media artists, Kameck’s mind-bending reconfigurations of vintage photos of early 20th century circus acts on honeycomb cardboard and plaster canvases are simulataneously whimsical, psychedelic and ribald—the perfect combination for a Sunday morning brunch, no?

“Plan on some amazing wraps, and fresh made juice provided by Ashker’s,” Kameck noted on Facebook. “Dont be surprised if the juice somehow turns into Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s. Hope to see you there.”

Evan Hawkins: Metal & Stone Drawings on Aluminum. Opening reception at 6 p.m., Friday, July 5 at Ashker’s Gallery (1002 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo). Virginia native and University at Buffalo grad Evan Hawkins has exhibited his prints and drawings around the world, but his latest installation can be found in the heart of Elmwood Village. Metal & Stone Drawings on Aluminum will feature “imagery (that) includes contemporary buildings and objects that rest upon foundations, tombs and monolithic structures of ancient cultures throughout the world. The materials used to create the work are aluminum and graphite which symbolize the content,” according to the press release.

Hawkins’ artist statement about the exhibition is both intriguing and chilling:

Ancient stone monuments and tombs will likely outlast human civilization, which has been a brief and violent chapter in the history of the planet. Our greatest contemporary monuments and architectural wonders constructed of manmade materials will crumble without human caretakers and will inevitably be reclaimed.

This begs the question: what will be remembered of humanity after we have been eradicated or become extinct through our own actions or lack thereof? The only thing left will be our graves made of stone, ensuring that our existence is remembered.

Max Collins: Press in the Flesh. Opening reception at time to be determined, Friday, Aug. 2, Main (St)udios (500 Main St., Buffalo). Photographer and mixed-media artist Max Collins will take a different kind of look at the individuals responsible for turning out The Buffalo News on a daily basis. His series of portraits of characters from The News itself will both expose the human element required to keep the 130-year-old company relevant, but also create an archive of a moment in time in media history when the future is both profoundly exciting and nerve-wracking for traditional news producers.

TAGGED: art openings, ashker's juice bar, christopher kameck, elmwood village, evan hawkins, exhibitions, max collins

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